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Part III: Presentation
Our teachers and parent volunteers have enjoyed a variety of seminars and lectures from which their newly acquired knowledge can be shared with their students almost immediately. These seminars and lectures were given by Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Marshy Point Nature Center, Anne Arundel County Public Works , AIMS, and the Clyburn Arboretum (see Tab #3.C.1).Our school set aside one of its Professional Development days to enable teachers and administrators to attend a special presentation by Arlington Echo to alert our staff and parent volunteers to the process of becoming a Green School. Support by the school’s leadership for the Green School process was enthusiastically embraced by the teachers, who realized that much of what they were doing or were planning to do could be enhanced by their own heightened awareness of environmental impacts and influences.
Teachers have made professional development in environmental matters a priority. For example, one teacher became certified in raising horseshoe crabs. Another spent a day with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation building oyster balls at the Oyster Restoration Center in southern Anne Arundel County.
1. Students earn community service credit hours for participation in Community events (see Tab # 5.A.1)
Paper Retriever Abitibi- paper
4 cy recycling dumpster – for all other material (see Tab #(4.B.1)
Reuse of materials for classroom instruction
In class recycling captains for lunch
Middle school in charge of collecting and recycling paper on a weekly basis
Green Team students help set up recycling before and after events
Maintenance manager assures recycling bins are used properly and assists in emptying bins during schools hours and events
Recycling cartridge program – since December of 2009 we have recycled 40 large toner cartridges, 99 ink cartridges, 4 cell phones and 3 chargers. All from a student body comprised of less than 300 students!
As of this school year, approximately 80% of all school communication with families has been done via e-mails and website in order to conserve resources and keep energy and supply costs down. (see Tab #3.B.5) for hard copy example)
Parents are donating a compost bin for use on campus for reduction of solid waste and for creating biodegradable fertilizer for our plants. (see Tab #4.B.3)
Reminders to recycle are placed throughout the school (see Tab #4.B.2)
Any copies needed are made double sided has reduced our paper demand since.
Excess paper donated by family members (reuse) is used in order to eliminate the purchase of new paper when possible. Scrap boxes are used for classroom projects children return scraps not used for the next time
2009 Fall Clean Up – surrounding grounds and church property, leaves/branches become mulch for both the school grounds and go to local landscaping company (see Tab #5.A.1)
Middle School Green Team students initiated and continually monitor and contribute to an in class Magazine Swap. Supervision of appropriate magazines is monitored by the Middle School English teacher. This program started in Fall 2009.
St. Martin’s Church, where the day school is located, started a Stewardship of Creation Committee in order to help address the environmental issues on campus and increase awareness of global concerns. A parent volunteer sits on the Committee as a liaison between the church and school. (see Tab #5.A.2)
Environmental Issue and Instruction